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Our Mission

A Sequoyah School education challenges the mind, nurtures the heart and celebrates human dignity.

Sequoyah School

K-8 CAMPUS
626-795-4351
535 S Pasadena Ave
Pasadena CA 91105-3001

9-12 CAMPUS
626-441-2076
301 N Orange Grove Bl
Pasadena CA 91103

Sequoyah School is an independent day school in Pasadena, California, where students thrive in a diverse community, appreciated for their individuality, and supported by a progressive approach to learning.

Sequoyah offers an innovative college-preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, experiential, humanistic environment. The school maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio and a developmentally appropriate program from elementary grades through high school, so that attention may be continually focused on a student’s social and emotional growth and academic progress.

Sequoyah's high school is growing and we are looking for faculty members to join our team.

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé and indicate your area of interest in the “Subject” line.

We are a community of learners.

Philosophy & Values
Sequoyah seeks to understand each student’s abilities, personality characteristics, and the pursuits in which they are likely to find the deepest satisfaction. Students at Sequoyah know that their voices matter in the world and that their acts of stewardship make the community a better place for all. Sequoyah’s Habits of Mind encompass a broadened definition of expected school-wide learning results. Faculty and staff are expected to incorporate these same principles in their work as members of the school community.
Teaching & Learning

Sequoyah’s teachers possess the expertise to develop curriculum and to apply strategies that foster critical and creative thinking, inquiry, and application. They are encouraged to bring their talents and interests to the classroom.

Administrators work alongside faculty to develop a culture that values multiple perspectives to broaden understanding, address challenges, and identify opportunities.

A professional development program informs shared practices throughout K-12.

Approach

Sequoyah’s placed-based approach utilizes the surrounding community as the context for teaching. Education is regarded as a preparation for active citizenship while reinforcing the skills for continuing scholarship. On field trips and camping trips at each grade level, students are immersed in local heritage, culture, and landscape. An emphasis on social justice and the application of knowledge and skills to contemporary issues extends from kindergarten to high school.

Community

The Sequoyah School community honors and reflects the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of Southern California. Our student and family populations represent a diversity of ethnic backgrounds and cultural experience. Our commitment to the principals of mutual respect, inclusion, and equity inform our admissions process and tuition structure, with 30-40% of families paying below the maximum tuition.

History

In 1958, Sequoyah’s founders established a school community comprised of a broad spectrum of family backgrounds and offered a thoughtful alternative to standardized classroom teaching. For more than 60 years, the school has provided an education based on distinctive values, aspirations, and research-based practices. 

Accreditations & Memberships

Sequoyah is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent Curriculum Group, and is an Ashoka Changemaker School.

Sequoyah School is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Introducing Sequoyah's

New Head of School

Opportunities
at Sequoyah

Sequoyah School has a rich history of diversity and seeks candidates to enhance that tradition. Sequoyah offers competitive salary and benefits.

TO APPLY: See specific instructions in job listings below.

K-12 Administrative, Faculty & Staff Positions

There are no K-12 positions currently open. Scroll down to see K-8 and 9-12 positions.

Thank you for your interest in Sequoyah School.

Sequoyah School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any phase of employment. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

K-8 Faculty & Staff Positions

Summerhouse Crew (K-8)

Temporary Full-time Position:
from June 21 to August 12, 2022

Reports to: Director of Auxiliary Programs

Download Full Job Description: 

Our Summerhouse Crew is a group of energetic partners in discovery with Summerhouse Kids. We’re curious, creative, knowledgeable, and playful. We are the adult peers to our students, meeting them at their level as we all learn, play, and grow together, and we guide them towards responsibility and collaboration.

Summerhouse Crew’s first priorities are always communication, as well as student supervision and safety, through activities, games, arts & crafts, learning, and play.

This is a temporary full-time position: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from June 21 to August 12, 2022. Plus a mandatory training week, June 13 – June 17, 2022. (Hours will vary during training week.)

Summerhouse Crew Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide supervision for students through support and play
  • Act as a Summerhouse group leader/point person to an assigned group of Summerhouse Kids
  • Lead and assist in rotating learning activities
  • Bring in new expertise to continue developing new programmatic activities
  • Work side-by-side and act as a mentor to our Crew-in-Training (CIT)
  • Observe students’ and CITs’ behavior and progress, and reflect with the group as needed
  • Be flexible and aware as we move through our day, being willing to flow as the need arises, ensuring that all students are supervised at all times
  • Support Summerhouse in the cycle of work, from set-up to break-down, including some cleaning
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned occasionally
  • Support the school’s mission and culture, have good attendance, and be a positive team player

Desired Expertise and Experience:

  • Experience working with children 5-17 years of age
  • Bachelor’s degree, or some post-secondary education

TO APPLY: Please email Beatriz Rodriquez-Lagunas, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at and include your resumé and a cover letter. Your cover letter should detail why you are interested in this position and why you think you would be a good fit for Sequoyah. Please include “Summerhouse Crew” in the subject line of your email.

Download Full Job Description: Summerhouse Crew

Daycare Staff (K-8)

Part-time position: starts immediately
Reports to: Director of Daycare

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Daycare staff members (K-8) are responsible for providing after-school student supervision through engagement in activities, games, arts & crafts, learning, and play.

This is a part-time position: 20 hours per week, 2:30–6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, and during daytime and evening meetings, special events, and teacher in-service days.

TO APPLY: Please email Beatriz Rodriquez-Lagunas, Director of Auxiliary Programs, and include your resumé and a cover letter. Your cover letter should detail why you are interested in this position and why you think you would be a good fit for Sequoyah. Please include “Daycare Staff” in the subject line of your email.

Sequoyah School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any phase of employment. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

9-12 Faculty & Staff Positions

Sequoyah's high school is growing and we are looking for faculty members to join our team.

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé and indicate your area of interest in the “Subject” line.

9-12 Humanities
& History Teacher

Full-time position: 2022-2023 School Year
Reports to: High School Director

Download Job Description: 
Download Application: 
Apply for This Position:

Sequoyah School, an independent school founded in Pasadena, California in 1958, launched an innovative high school program in September 2016. As an extension of our K-8 program, students are guided through the deep intellectual exploration of content following a student-centered, problem-based pedagogy that offers relevant contexts for exploration and opportunities for application.

The high school curriculum builds upon the changemaking work practiced in the K-8 program by offering a program for Social Innovation.

Field Studies, a hallmark of a Sequoyah education, extends interdisciplinary teaching and learning as students and teachers travel around California, the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Latin America to explore the natural world and engage with a variety of communities. The high school program also offers international expeditions.

The full-time teaching position responsibilities include:
  • Teach two sections of upper-level United States History and/or World History per term (including sections of US History, Sequoyah Advanced Studies US History, and World History electives)
  • Teach a Z-block mini-course elective for 3 mods and/or coach the Debate Team
  • Serve as an Advisor to a designated group of students; responsibilities include academic coaching, lessons on diversity & inclusion, interpersonal skill development, and team building
  • Facilitate a Social Innovation Program student team
  • Sponsor a student club & stewardship group
  • Chaperone field studies and camping trips
We are seeking candidates who:
  • Have experience teaching History and/or Humanities-related subjects
  • Are passionate about project-based, student-centered pedagogy
  • Have experience with, or have an interest in, changemaking and service-learning
  • Are interested in the collaborative work of faculty, including curriculum planning
  • Are able to demonstrate mastery in the field of history

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé and cover letter, along with any materials requested in the job description. Use the title of this position in your “Subject” line.

Download Job Description: 9-12 Humanities & History Teacher

9-12 Substitute Teachers

Part-time position
Reports to: High School Director

Apply for This Position:

If you are interested in joining the Sequoyah community as a substitute teacher, email your resumé and indicate your availability in your email message. Use the title of this position in your “Subject” line.

There are no 9-12 full-time positions currently open.
Thank you for your interest in Sequoyah School.

Sequoyah School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any phase of employment. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

Sequoyah School

Elementary & Junior High Campus (K-8)
626 795 4351
Fax 626 795 8773
535 S Pasadena Ave
Pasadena CA 91105
Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
K-8 CAMPUS MAP
High School Campus (9-12)
626 441 2076
301 N Orange Grove Bl
Pasadena CA 91103
Monday– Friday 7:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
High School Website
HS CAMPUS MAP
Business Office
626 795 4351 x218
640 St. John Ave
Pasadena CA 91105
Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
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